Robby Wayne O’Daniel
410 17th Street Apt. 103A, Knoxville, TN 37916
(423) 394-1767 -- email@example.com
The Knoxville News Sentinel, major Knoxville daily newspaper
August 2010 – May 2011: Freelance writer. I wrote regular stories for the news, entertainment, business and
features beats, covering topics from marital problems to restaurants’ economic troubles to movies.
June 2009 – August 2009: Editorial Intern. I worked 40 hours a week, including covering the police beat on
Sundays. I covered a myriad of topics in the stories I wrote during the internship, including the bus system Knoxville
Area Transit’s switch to new, green friendly buses and the bust of the Mexico-to-Morristown cocaine pipeline. One
piece I wrote that was about the issue of public funding for art in Knoxville was a long, front-page Sunday spread. A
link to that article: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/aug/04/art-for-knoxvilles-sake/
Metro Pulse, Knoxville’s alternative weekly publication
June 2010 – August 2010: Editorial Intern. Responsibilities included continually updating the entertainment event
calendar, as well as working for the entire three-month period on the annual restaurant guide. I contacted about 20-30
restaurants and wrote summaries of the establishments. I also wrote business profiles.
Reuters, national news agency
April 2010; November 2010: Freelance correspondent. I covered the Sarah Palin/David Kernell trial in downtown
Knoxville. It included writing multiple articles about the trial and following up on the story at Kernell’s eventual
sentencing in November. The stories I wrote were picked up and used by such major news outlets as The Washington
Post, Comcast and Yahoo! Example of clip: http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/04/30/us-usa-palin-trial-
The Daily Beacon, the University of Tennessee’s student newspaper
August 2010 – May 2012: Recruitment Editor/Writing Coach. I met with a handful of writers once every two
weeks in one-on-one sessions. We went over stories they had done recently. I copy edited the story and gave them tips
and pointers on improving their storytelling, as well as their AP style knowledge. I also conducted a weekly 30-
minute class with all the writers on writing and story editing. In addition, I still wrote stories, including regular
television reviews and a comprehensive piece on the University of Tennessee’s struggles with improving graduation
and retention rates. Link to my clips at The Daily Beacon: http://utdailybeacon.com/staff/profiles/robby-odaniel/
May 2011 – August 2011: News Editor. I created a news budget for each week, assigning stories to writers and
editing all news stories. In addition, I wrote 28 stories over the course of the summer, including covering major
university news like tuition raises and changes in course policy.
May 2010 – August 2010; August 2008 – May 2009: Editor-in-Chief. Responsibilities included hiring and
organizing entire newspaper staff, reviewing budgets from news, entertainment, features and sports beats and editing
editorial columns and letters to the editor. I also wrote two editorial columns weekly on issues related to the university
and the national scene. In addition, I continued to write regular news stories.
August 2009 – May 2010: Chief Copy Editor. Responsibilities included organizing newspaper’s copy desk and
nurturing Associated Press Stylebook knowledge of beginning copy editors. I worked four days a week, reading,
editing and headlining roughly 15-20 stories each issue. In addition, I continued to write roughly eight articles a
month for the paper, mainly for the paper’s news section.
August 2007 – May 2008: Art and Entertainment Editor. I created a comprehensive entertainment budget for each
week, assigned stories to writers and edited all entertainment stories. I wrote a weekly entertainment column on
various topics within the entertainment world. I also wrote various entertainment stories, including previewing local
university events, such as concerts, film showings, etc.
August 2006 – April 2007: Staff Writer. I primarily wrote for the entertainment section where I previewed local
university events, covering art exhibits, concerts, film showings, etc. I also reviewed new film, books and music.
The Chattanoogan, local online news site
May 2007 – August 2007: Freelance reporter. I covered local town council meetings in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., Red
Bank, Tenn., Collegedale, Tenn., East Ridge, Tenn., and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Example of clip:
Destination ImagiNation, newspaper for children’s summer competition
May 2011: Reporter. I wrote human-interest stories on the competitions at Destination ImagiNation and the children
who participated in them. Example of clip: http://www.globalfinals.org/index.php/stories-from-globals/147-driving-
Scoop, the official magazine of the University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information
August 2009 – December 2009: Department Editor. Responsibilities included assigning stories for my magazine
department, Alumni Notes – Where Are They Now, editing stories and writing stories.
University of Tennessee School of Journalism and Electronic Media Equipment Room
August 2010 – May 2012: Manager. I inventoried all journalism equipment and checked out equipment for students
to rent daily.
Ashley Furniture Home Store
April 2004 – January 2006: Ashley Furniture Home Store – Environmental Technician / Cross Docking
Facility Personnel – I worked 20-25 hours per week in the warehouse.
I received my bachelor’s degree in journalism and electronic media in May 2010.
I received my master’s degree in communications, with an emphasis in journalism, in May 2012.
I completed undergraduate coursework with a 3.70 GPA and graduate coursework with a 4.0 GPA.
I am the 2008 recipient of the Tom Sweeten journalism scholarship
I received Honorable Mention for the 2010 Eleanora Burke Award for Creative Nonfiction.
References (available by request)
Brooks Clark, former Sports Illustrated reporter and former UT professor in journalism and electronic media,
firstname.lastname@example.org, (865) 632-8027, 400 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902
Jane Pope, UT director of student publications, email@example.com, (865) 974-5206, 5 Communications and
University Extension Building, 1345 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN 37996-0314
Paul Ashdown, former Gainesville Sun reporter, former Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer copy editor and UT
professor in journalism and electronic media, firstname.lastname@example.org, (865) 974-5106, 330 Communications and
University Extension Building, 1345 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-0330